54 days in France Itinerary

54 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Chamonix

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Take a break from Chamonix with a short trip to Lake Annecy in Annecy, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix road trip planning site.

London, UK to Chamonix is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from London to Chamonix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Nice

— 7 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, indulge your senses at Azur Wine Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, see some colorful creatures with Club de Plongee d'Agay, and let little ones run wild at Jardin Bonaparte.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 7 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, Plage d'Aiguebelle, &more), Hyeres (Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, Plage noire du Langoustier, &more) and L'Observatoire Marin (in La Croix-Valmer). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez road trip tool.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sentier Littoral (in Bandol), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and see majestic marine mammals with Decouverte du Vivant.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Carcassonne travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville) and Honfleur (Pont de Normandie & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, sample some tasty brews at La Compagnie des Terroirs, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip site.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning site.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.